Michael Sat Feb 2 10:51:34 2002|
What's the Worst That Could Happen - 9
This one had me laughing all the way through! Martin Lawrence is surprisingly good when he's not trying to ham it up (of course, he still had plenty of wincingly excruciating ham scenes, but sooner or later somebody's going to tell him, come on, you're not Jim Carrey, it's just not working, babe.) However, Danny DeVito can do no wrong, and probably slapped him around until he got it right -- any more, any movie with DeVito in it can be counted on to have some really top-notch comedy scripting. He has a knack for playing characters which are simultaneously sort of stock icons *and* show character depth. Anybody catch him in Heist? He played that one just right, too, without a trace of comedy.
Anyway, the really perfect character (and scene) in this movie is a surprise: William Fichtner's detective Tardio, played with the maximum humanly possible amount of camp. The scene where he is introduced is brilliant (or maybe I need more sleep....)
This one deserved more than the 5.0 it got on IMDb. I really enjoyed it.